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Lake Bled holidays 2019 / 2020

If you’ve chosen Slovenia for your holiday destination in 2019/2020, look no further than Lake Bled for historic sights, glistening waterfalls and crystal blue waters. An area of natural beauty, Slovenia’s Lake Bled attracts people from across the globe owing to its scenic castles and sweeping rapids, all with a stunning mountainous backdrop. Our cheap holidays to Lake Bled make it an excellent destination for holidaymakers who prefer a relaxed atmosphere and picturesque views with plenty of mental stimulation, Lake Bled is best explored on foot.

Why not enjoy a leisurely stroll around Lake Bled itself to Bled Castle, Slovenia’s oldest fortress, perched majestically 130 metres above the lake. Thanks to a ban on motor boats, Lake Bled has a peaceful atmosphere, with quaint lakeside cafes dotted along the walk to the castle. With an incredibly beautiful landscape, it’s not hard to see why Lake Bled’s Church of Maria of the Lake remains a popular wedding venue in Slovenia. Whether you’re visiting Slovenia with family and friends, enjoying a romantic break with your significant other or planning a romantic proposal by the clear blue waters, Lake Bled is the ideal fairy-tale backdrop for your next holiday adventure.

Top attractions

Top attractions

Whether you’ve made a resolution to be more active in 2018 or to relax more, Lake Bled has everything you need to tailor your holiday just the way you like it. Most attractions in the area revolve around the lake, with a huge selection of water sports and activities available. These include boat trips, lake bathing, swimming, fishing and Pletna boat rides. The non-motorised Pletna boats transport both locals and visitors to the island church in the centre of Lake Bled and depart frequently throughout the day. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, taking a stroll along the system of lakeside paths is an excellent way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Many people enjoy relaxed days fishing in the lake, or playing a few games of tennis on the nearby tennis courts. Other nearby attractions and resorts include the capital city of Ljubljana, accessible by the local bus system from Bled. There are also trains to the close by town of Jesenice from Bled Jezero station and a tourist train from Bled town centre running every 45 minutes between the times of 9am and 9pm.

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Eating out

Eating out

The Lake Bled area has some fine restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, many of which are dotted along the lakeside path that leads up to Bled Castle. One of the most scenic places to eat in Lake Bled is the Castle Restaurant, with a terrace and jaw-dropping views of the beautiful lake. Owing to the bustling fishing scene of Lake Bled, many restaurants in the area serve delicious fresh food as a speciality, including local classics such as trout amandine, grilled calamari and baked sea bass. Surprisingly, restaurants such as Okarina also serve international dishes on the menu including chicken tikka masala and the popular rogan josh, as well as plenty of options for vegetarians, making it easy to find something to suit all tastes.

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Families

Families

The natural beauty and relaxed environment makes Lake Bled an excellent choice of destination for families. Lake Bled itself has a wide selection of things to do for those on holiday with little ones, including fishing, lake bathing, swimming and taking a boat ride or renting a boat privately. Active families will love all that Bled has to offer, from cable car rides to the mountaintops to thrilling day trips to the gorges or waterfalls. Glamping is a great way of spending quality time with your family away from the bustle and technology of everyday life and helps you all relax and unwind, while children will love the history and magic of the ancient Bled Castle. Other great family activities include bike rides around the lake, bird watching and other local wildlife, and taking a bus or train to the capital city Ljubljana to pick out souvenirs to remember your time in Slovenia.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Lake Bled has plenty of activities to get the adrenaline pumping, from swimming in the lake and lakeside cycle rides to exploring the close-by gorges and waterfalls. Whatever your interests and fitness levels, Lake Bled has no shortage of activities. Just the sight of the blue waters of Lake Bled, majestically framed by soaring mountaintops and verdant forest, is enough to make any day feel magical and exciting. More active things to do in Lake Bled include hiking, cycling, swimming, rowing, fishing, exploring and exercising in the scenic outdoor environment. Adventurous holidaymakers may wish to consider the Bled and Bohinj Valley Canyoning Adventure, a 3-hour long outdoor excursion from Bled. With a fully certified professional guide providing you with all the equipment you need as you swim, hike and abseil your way through the rugged canyons, all you need do is enjoy the day.  

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Beaches

Beaches

One of the most popular and enjoyable ways to enjoy the scenic waters of Lake Bled is to take a Pletna, or motorised boat ride. These quaint rowing boats have been used to transport both locals and visitors for centuries and are as iconic in Slovenia as the gondolas of Venice. You can hire your own rowboat from the Lido swimming area at affordable prices, while the swan shape of the boats makes them a popular choice for families and couples. The lake itself is the ideal venue for a whole host of water-based activities including fishing, swimming and lake bathing, good low-impact activity options for holidaymakers of all ages.  The designated public swimming area has 300 metres of enclosed space, a safe swimming area for the elderly, families with children and more inexperienced swimmers. During the summer months, the mercury hovers around 26 degrees Celsius between June and August, providing perfect conditions for a relaxing dip in warm clear waters.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Lake Bled is an excellent holiday destination for those looking for the ideal compromise between relaxation and action, with the serene Lake Bled and historic Bled Castle situated closeby to the picturesque town of Bled, which offers a selection of nightclubs and bars. Some of the popular nightlife venues in Bled include Club Stop Robert Nemecek, the casual Pub Bled, which is a hit with locals, and the refined Bar Pyramida and Art Café. All of these venues offer a welcoming atmosphere, ideal for winding down at the end of a busy day. The stylish Bar Pyramida has a young clientele and more vibrant feel, while the Art Café has a sophisticated ambience that is a hit with more experienced holidaymakers. If you like a relaxed atmosphere with great bar food, affordable drinks and football on a large screen TV, head to the Irish bar close to Bled bus station. Those looking for something busier will love Panorma, a buzzing local venue that is busy every night of the week, or the casino, open from 3pm to 5am daily.

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Couples

Couples

The tranquil atmosphere and effortless beauty of Lake Bled makes it a perfect choice for holidaying couples. Whether you are just getting to know each other or have been together for many years, the peaceful surroundings make for a relaxing and romantic holiday experience for you and your significant other. Hire a swan boat for a romantic boat ride on the lake’s waters, splash about in the water together or challenge each other with a lakeside cycle ride. With very affordable prices for beer and wine in Slovenia, there’s no better place to treat yourselves to a romantic picnic by Lake Bled.

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Culture

Culture

Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most culturally interesting areas, with a good selection of historic attractions to enjoy. Having disembarked from your Pletna boat or left your rowing boat in the dock, the best way to enjoy the beauty of Bled island is by foot. Take a stroll to the famous monuments and historic attractions in this region including the Church of the Maria of the Lake, or take the kids to the magic wish-granting bell at the top of the Baroque-era tower. The oldest castle in Slovenia, Bled Castle, is without doubt one of the most stunning sights in all of Europe. A trek to the castle, located 130 metres above Lake Bled, is rewarded with glorious views of the lake and the surrounding area. 

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